WP301 What makes for a ‘good university’: Dialogue from a southern faculty

Bock, Mnyaka, Oyowe & Rink


In (post-)Covid conditions of precarity and epistemic challenge, what makes for a ‘good’ degree or programme of learning? How do we create spaces that encourage the development of critical thought that builds engaged, informed citizens?  How do we push the boundaries of what we consider knowledge, particularly given our ‘locus of enunciation’ as a university in the global south? What kinds of structures and relations of power are we reproducing in our university interactions, considering the trend towards increasing online interactions? What kinds of engagements between students and fellow students/lecturers/institutions do we enable? How do we create spaces for our students to discover their ‘voice’ and ‘agency’ in their engagements with the curriculum and with each other – so as to become producers, and not simply consumers of knowledge, and active citizens for a greater good?  These questions are addressed by academics from the Faculty of Arts & Humanites at the University of the Western Cape.